Do we need to pay employees for time spent on rest breaks?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 September 2019
Arthur Cox
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Regulation 14 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (“WTR”) provides that if a worker works for more than 6 hours a day then they are entitled to leave their workstation for the purposes of a rest break. This break lasts for a maximum of 20 minutes and workers are only entitled to one break no matter how much they work beyond the 6 hour period.

The rest break constitutes a period in which the worker is freed from their work duties. While there is a statutory right for a worker to take a rest period, there is no legislation which states that a worker must be paid during a rest period under Regulation 14 of the WTR. It is at the employer’s discretion whether or not to pay a

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